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The Health Hazards of a Fast Food Diet

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Organic flocks are typically much smaller than the massive commercial flocks where bacteria flourish, which is part of the reason why eggs from truly organic, free-range chickens are FAR less likely to contain dangerous bacteria such as salmonella. Their nutrient content is also much higher than commercially raised eggs, which is most likely the result of the differences in diet between organic free ranging, pastured hens and commercially farmed hens.

The Health Hazards of a Fast Food Diet

Getting back to fast food for a moment, the health hazards of such a diet clearly go much further than the heightened risk of food poisoning. A case could even be made that fast food can barely be recognized as ‘food’ per se, when you start evaluating the actual ingredients.

As a general rule, “food” equals “live nutrients.” Nutrients, in turn, feed your cells, optimize your health, and sustain life. Six years ago, film maker Morgan Spurlock vividly demonstrated the health consequences of eating nothing but McDonald’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After just FOUR WEEKS, his health had deteriorated to the point that his physician warned him he was putting his life in serious jeopardy if he continued the experiment.

His cholesterol had soared and he started suffering from depression, lack of attention, and sexual dysfunction, just to name a few of the health problems that surfaced once he traded in his normal diet for three square meals a day from McDonald’s.

His remarkable documentary, Super Size Me, ended up earning the Writers Guild of America award for Best Documentary Screenplay in 2005. It’s still one of the most powerful illustrations of the dangers of a fast food diet I’ve ever seen.

What About Claims that Fast Food Diet Can Help You Lose Weight?

More recently, comedian and former health writer Tom Naughton decided to counter Spurlock’s claims by creating his own documentary. In his film, Fat Head, Naughton eats a fast-food diet for 28 days and, unlike Spurlock who gained weight, actually lost about 12 pounds. There were differences in their diets, though, which may explain these vastly different results. Most notably, Naughton:

  • Drank water and iced tea, while Spurlock drank about a gallon of soda a day
  • Skipped french fries at times, and
  • Removed much of the bread from his meals

The first and last bullets may in and of themselves account for his weight loss, especially if he was consuming a lot of refined carbs prior to his experiment.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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9:55AM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Thanks, I re-shared this!

10:37AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

Well, I learned something new today!! I didn't think we had any Farmer's Markets and according to this article, we have 2 in our city. I've seen individuals selling vegetables a few places during the summer, but I consider a Farmer's Market to be bigger than that and open all year.

I am leaving now to check them out!!!

1:24AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Wait, those eggs on the McMuffins are real eggs from real chickens? Why are they preformed like a disk? Why are the yolks always broken in the middle and have a rubbery texture to them? I hate those types of breakfasts... I can't eat those.

If I want stuff like that, I'll make my own. As for losing weight, gee, why would you go to the fast food joints and not get fries? And take the bun off? I still would NOT use a fast food diet to try to be healthier...

Anyway, I'm on a mission to support LOCAL places. So if I really want a burger? No fast food joint for me. Kewpees or if weather permits, grill it myself.

11:56PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

I keep craving for one type of fast food specifically. French fries with Mayonaise. Just loving it. I knew it was bad for your health, obviously, therefor I try to not eat it more then once every two weeks.....

7:09PM PST on Mar 2, 2012


6:00AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

I totally agree with this article and everything in it. I never really liked fast food anyway, but this helps reconferm my belief that fast food is nasty.

9:37AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Worse than anything is the description of animal treatment in these places where animal produced food is from!!! HORRID!! These vile people who participate in this manner MUST be exposed ans done away with!!

9:36AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

We worry way too much about ourselves and not enough about the suffering of animals. If we stop their suffering and use and abuse, our diets would naturally evolve toward healthier alternatives.

8:36AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

My family eat lots of vegetables but I often buy them frozen - does this count as fresh?

3:46AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

If you want to live the fast track of life and end your life sooner rather than later than eat at fast food restaurants. All they worry about is the buck and will feed you anything.
I personally refuse to eat and contribute to fast food restaurants for many reasons.

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